Need help dual-booting Vista and XP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Hiawatha Bray, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. I have a PC with two hard drives, one with XP, the other Vista. I had them
    dual-booting nicely, using the Windows Boot Manager that I installed when I
    first installed Vista. But I just did a complete reinstall of XP, and the
    boot manager is gone. I don't know how to reinstall the boot manager so I
    can dual-boot again. The machine just boots into XP. I want to use both.
    How can I reinstall the boot manager? Thanks.
     
    Hiawatha Bray, Jun 24, 2007
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  2. Hiawatha Bray

    Jack Guest

    1.
    Just copy out one executable file from Vista install DVD - bootsect.exe.
    Save it somewhere, for example on D:\. After you
    installed XP run this command from XP command line: d:\bootsect /nt60 c:
    /force. It will restore correct Vista bootsector and at the next restart
    you will see your previous Vista's bootmenu.
    You must also copy out and restore a hidden file bootmgr.
    2.
    If on C: drive you have a hidden \Boot catalog, then copy it out before
    formatting C: and restore it thereafter.
    Jack


    You must also copy out and restore a hidden file bootmgr. Sorry.
     
    Jack, Jun 24, 2007
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  3. Hiawatha Bray

    ...winston Guest

    Install Vista Boot Pro or EasyBCD

    Here are some instructions that might help:
    VistaBoot Pro
    http://www.vistabootpro.org/
    Screenshots
    http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/album_cat.php?cat_id=69
    Instructions
    http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88231

    Easy BCD
    http://neosmart.net/gallery/v/neosmart/EasyBCD/1_60/
    FAQ's
    http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/FAQ
    Documentation
    http://neosmart.net/wiki/download/attachments/3/EasyBCD+Documentation.pdf

    Alternative..see the section Restoring Vista Dual Booting on this link for more EasyBCD info
    http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp


    ..winston



    :I have a PC with two hard drives, one with XP, the other Vista. I had them
    : dual-booting nicely, using the Windows Boot Manager that I installed when I
    : first installed Vista. But I just did a complete reinstall of XP, and the
    : boot manager is gone. I don't know how to reinstall the boot manager so I
    : can dual-boot again. The machine just boots into XP. I want to use both.
    : How can I reinstall the boot manager? Thanks.
    :
    :
     
    ...winston, Jun 24, 2007
    #3
  4. Hiawatha Bray

    Fishb8 Guest

    Hi
    I'm no guru but have just done a Vista/XP dual boot. You need to download
    VistaBootPro 3.3 & .Net Framework 2.0 (from Microsoft, both free).
    Install the .NetFramework 2.0, first then the VistaBootPro.
    Open Vista BootPro, ignore the prompt to back up your BCD. Go to the
    Bootloader tab and "Re-install the Vista bootloader".
    Next, go the diagnostics tab and select "Run Diagnostics". Here you can
    rename both OS and select whichever one you want for default + the timer to
    chose, at boot-up.
     
    Fishb8, Jun 24, 2007
    #4
  5. I did everything you suggested, but it didn't work. Gonna try some of the
    other suggestions...thanks much.
     
    Hiawatha Bray, Jun 24, 2007
    #5
  6. I don't understand. I have to format my C drive? I don't wanna do that. I
    don't have a hidden \Boot catalog anyway.

    Can I just run the Vista command instead?
     
    Hiawatha Bray, Jun 24, 2007
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  7. Hiawatha Bray

    Don Guest

    You also need to use the 'all disks' option in VistaBootPro when you
    install the Vista bootloader. It should work if you do that.
     
    Don, Jun 24, 2007
    #7
  8. Hiawatha Bray

    Don Guest

    Oops, I should mentioned that VistaBootPro does exactly what Jack
    recommended about bootsect.exe, but with very slightly less effort.
     
    Don, Jun 25, 2007
    #8
  9. Hiawatha Bray

    ...winston Guest

    The easiest way to do this is with Vista Boot Pro or EasyBCD.
    Links for both and instructions provided in another post in this same thread.
    ...winston

    :I don't understand. I have to format my C drive? I don't wanna do that. I
    : don't have a hidden \Boot catalog anyway.
    :
    : Can I just run the Vista command instead?
    :
    :
    : : > 1.
    : > Just copy out one executable file from Vista install DVD - bootsect.exe.
    : > Save it somewhere, for example on D:\. After you
    : > installed XP run this command from XP command line: d:\bootsect /nt60 c:
    : > /force. It will restore correct Vista bootsector and at the next restart
    : > you will see your previous Vista's bootmenu.
    : > You must also copy out and restore a hidden file bootmgr.
    : > 2.
    : > If on C: drive you have a hidden \Boot catalog, then copy it out before
    : > formatting C: and restore it thereafter.
    : > Jack
    : >
    : >
    : > You must also copy out and restore a hidden file bootmgr. Sorry.
    : > : >>I have a PC with two hard drives, one with XP, the other Vista. I had
    : >>them dual-booting nicely, using the Windows Boot Manager that I installed
    : >>when I first installed Vista. But I just did a complete reinstall of XP,
    : >>and the boot manager is gone. I don't know how to reinstall the boot
    : >>manager so I can dual-boot again. The machine just boots into XP. I want
    : >>to use both. How can I reinstall the boot manager? Thanks.
    : >>
    : >
    : >
    :
    :
     
    ...winston, Jun 25, 2007
    #9
  10. I don't understand...I keep running Vista Boot Pro. It doesn't work. I
    didn the bootsect.exe thing too and it didn't work. I don't get it. What
    can I do? Thanks!


    The easiest way to do this is with Vista Boot Pro or EasyBCD.
    Links for both and instructions provided in another post in this same
    thread.
    ...winston

    :I don't understand. I have to format my C drive? I don't wanna do that.
    I
    : don't have a hidden \Boot catalog anyway.
    :
    : Can I just run the Vista command instead?
    :
    :
    : : > 1.
    : > Just copy out one executable file from Vista install DVD -
    bootsect.exe.
    : > Save it somewhere, for example on D:\. After you
    : > installed XP run this command from XP command line: d:\bootsect /nt60
    c:
    : > /force. It will restore correct Vista bootsector and at the next
    restart
    : > you will see your previous Vista's bootmenu.
    : > You must also copy out and restore a hidden file bootmgr.
    : > 2.
    : > If on C: drive you have a hidden \Boot catalog, then copy it out before
    : > formatting C: and restore it thereafter.
    : > Jack
    : >
    : >
    : > You must also copy out and restore a hidden file bootmgr. Sorry.
    : > : >>I have a PC with two hard drives, one with XP, the other Vista. I had
    : >>them dual-booting nicely, using the Windows Boot Manager that I
    installed
    : >>when I first installed Vista. But I just did a complete reinstall of
    XP,
    : >>and the boot manager is gone. I don't know how to reinstall the boot
    : >>manager so I can dual-boot again. The machine just boots into XP. I
    want
    : >>to use both. How can I reinstall the boot manager? Thanks.
    : >>
    : >
    : >
    :
    :
     
    Hiawatha Bray, Jun 26, 2007
    #10
  11. Hiawatha Bray

    ...winston Guest

    Here are some instructions that might help:
    VistaBoot Pro
    http://www.vistabootpro.org/
    Screenshots
    http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/album_cat.php?cat_id=69
    Instructions
    http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88231

    Easy BCD
    http://neosmart.net/gallery/v/neosmart/EasyBCD/1_60/
    FAQ's
    http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/FAQ
    Documentation
    http://neosmart.net/wiki/download/attachments/3/EasyBCD+Documentation.pdf

    Alternative..see the section Restoring Vista Dual Booting on this link for more EasyBCD info
    http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp

    John Barnett's instructions
    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/install_windows_xp_on_machine_running_vista.htm


    :I don't understand...I keep running Vista Boot Pro. It doesn't work. I
    : didn the bootsect.exe thing too and it didn't work. I don't get it. What
    : can I do? Thanks!
    :
    :
    : : The easiest way to do this is with Vista Boot Pro or EasyBCD.
    : Links for both and instructions provided in another post in this same
    : thread.
    : ...winston
    :
    : ::I don't understand. I have to format my C drive? I don't wanna do that.
    : I
    :: don't have a hidden \Boot catalog anyway.
    ::
    :: Can I just run the Vista command instead?
    ::
    ::
    :: :: > 1.
    :: > Just copy out one executable file from Vista install DVD -
    : bootsect.exe.
    :: > Save it somewhere, for example on D:\. After you
    :: > installed XP run this command from XP command line: d:\bootsect /nt60
    : c:
    :: > /force. It will restore correct Vista bootsector and at the next
    : restart
    :: > you will see your previous Vista's bootmenu.
    :: > You must also copy out and restore a hidden file bootmgr.
    :: > 2.
    :: > If on C: drive you have a hidden \Boot catalog, then copy it out before
    :: > formatting C: and restore it thereafter.
    :: > Jack
    :: >
    :: >
    :: > You must also copy out and restore a hidden file bootmgr. Sorry.
    :: > :: >>I have a PC with two hard drives, one with XP, the other Vista. I had
    :: >>them dual-booting nicely, using the Windows Boot Manager that I
    : installed
    :: >>when I first installed Vista. But I just did a complete reinstall of
    : XP,
    :: >>and the boot manager is gone. I don't know how to reinstall the boot
    :: >>manager so I can dual-boot again. The machine just boots into XP. I
    : want
    :: >>to use both. How can I reinstall the boot manager? Thanks.
    :: >>
    :: >
    :: >
    ::
    ::
    :
    :
     
    ...winston, Jun 26, 2007
    #11
  12. At last I got it to work. I used the Vista install disk and ran the repair
    program. Vista recognized the problem with the boot sector and fixed it.
    Everything's fine now. Thanks.


    Install Vista Boot Pro or EasyBCD

    Here are some instructions that might help:
    VistaBoot Pro
    http://www.vistabootpro.org/
    Screenshots
    http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/album_cat.php?cat_id=69
    Instructions
    http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88231

    Easy BCD
    http://neosmart.net/gallery/v/neosmart/EasyBCD/1_60/
    FAQ's
    http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/FAQ
    Documentation
    http://neosmart.net/wiki/download/attachments/3/EasyBCD+Documentation.pdf

    Alternative..see the section Restoring Vista Dual Booting on this link for
    more EasyBCD info
    http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp


    ..winston



    :I have a PC with two hard drives, one with XP, the other Vista. I had them
    : dual-booting nicely, using the Windows Boot Manager that I installed when
    I
    : first installed Vista. But I just did a complete reinstall of XP, and the
    : boot manager is gone. I don't know how to reinstall the boot manager so I
    : can dual-boot again. The machine just boots into XP. I want to use both.
    : How can I reinstall the boot manager? Thanks.
    :
    :
     
    Hiawatha Bray, Jun 27, 2007
    #12
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